Chinese brush painting, clay, pen and ink, and needlework
After a number of years working in traditional western styles of oil and watercolor I was fortunate to meet and learn under the master painter Gan Yifei the style of ancient Chinese brushstroke. The experience when seeing, feeling and then creating in this style has taken a strong hold in my work. My whole approach to painting and how I see what I paint has changed. Every stroke is a commitment .... how I load my brush, how I hold my brush is very thought out, yet my style is spontaneous rather than traditional. My paintings are about capturing the life force (or “qi”) with as few as brush stokes as possible. The connection I feel to my body of work comes from deep within me because I am so connected to the process. The beauty, power and tranquility of this style of painting are an inspiration to me everyday.
Born in Connecticut and raised in the South, Tekla Frey studied art education and art history at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In the early 90′s, after a number of years working in traditional western styles of oil and watercolor, Tekla met Gan Yifei, a master painter in the Chinese brushstroke style. The beauty, power and tranquility of the style, aspiring to capture the life force (or “qi”), appealed to Tekla. The experience when seeing, feeling and then creating in this way has taken a strong hold in her work. Tekla has traveled to China twice for advanced training. In 2005 she studied with one of China’s premier painters, Huang Jing, at the Southwest China Normal University in BeiBei. Then in the spring of 2010, she had the opportunity to study at The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China’s most prestigious visual arts institution. Both trips involved intensive study under the tutelage of watchful masters.
“Life spent like this would be joyful indeed” (anonymous)
Tekla is an active artist residing in Mebane, North Carolina.